Capped Diamond gas pocket erupts again

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The eruption highlighted in the red circle

Approximately two months after a cap had been placed on a major gas pocket which erupted behind a home located in Sixth Avenue, Diamond, East Bank Demerara, the eruption has yet again re-started.

According to information reaching INews, another area along the pipe which had been installed over the gas pocket, with a cap over it, broke, resulting in the murky mud like substance erupting into the air.

It reportedly re-started late Tuesday evening and the Civil Defence Commission(CDC) has since been called in to the scene.

At about 18:00h on June 15, construction workers were drilling a well at the Lot 1200 Section ‘A’ Block ‘X’, Great Diamond, residence (between Sixth and Fifth Avenue) when they hit a natural gas pocket causing an immediate explosion.

The aftermath of the original eruption

Fluctuating eruptions, as high as 30 feet, of various substances including soot, lasted the entire night.

Local stakeholder agencies then came together to monitor the situation and tests conducted found traces of Methane gas at the location.

According to officials, the gas which emanated at the time did not pose any threat to surrounding neighbours and as such, a safe zone was established in the area.

Two weeks later, an intense cleaning exercise was still ongoing and officials attached to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) made preparations for the construction of an apparatus to cap the methane gas that was detected.

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